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Rupert Murdoch Is Engaged to Ann Lesley Smith

Fifth time is seemingly the attraction for Rupert Murdoch.

The billionaire confirmed the information that he proposed to girlfriend Ann Lesley Smith to Web page Six’s legendary gossipmonger Cindy Adams. Murdoch, who has owned the columnist’s employer, the New York Put up, since 1976, commemorated each Saint Patrick’s Day and his start month by asking Smith to be his spouse with an Asscher-cut solitaire diamond that he personally chosen, explaining that he selected the date as a result of “I’m one-fourth Irish.” He added, “I used to be very nervous. I dreaded falling in love—however I knew this may be my final. It higher be. I’m pleased.”

Smith, who was previously the San Francisco police chaplain and spouse of the late nation singer and TV government Chester Smith, informed the outlet that their relationship, “For us each, it is a present from God. We met final September.” She continued, “I’m a widow 14 years. Like Rupert, my husband was a businessman. Labored for native papers, developed radio and TV stations and helped promote Univision. So I converse Rupert’s language. We share the identical beliefs. In perspective, it’s not my first rodeo. Getting close to 70 means being within the final half. I waited for the appropriate time. Pals are pleased for me.”

Murdoch went on to explain how the couple met at his Moraga winery in Bel Air, California, saying, “She and her husband additionally owned a winery and had been within the wine enterprise. Final yr when there was 200 individuals at my winery, I met her and we talked a bit. Two weeks later I referred to as her.” He concluded, “We’re each trying ahead to spending the second half of our lives collectively.” The marriage is about to happen late this summer season and the bride’s buddies, in addition to a private shopper, have already began feverishly looking shops for the right robe. The couple will break up their time between California, the UK, Montana, and New York.

Murdoch is father to 6 kids from his 4 earlier marriages. He had 64-year-old newspaper government Prudence MacLeod together with his first spouse, flight attendant and mannequin Patricia Booker. The pair wed in Australia in 1956 when Murdoch was simply 25 years outdated and divorced 11 years later. The next yr, he wed Scottish journalist Anna Torv after she interviewed him for his Sydney Every day Mirror newspaper. They share three kids collectively, 53-year-old Elisabeth, 51-year-old Lachlan, and 49-year-old James, and divorced in 1999 after 32 years of marriage. Inside days of their divorce, Murdoch remarried media mogul Wendi Deng. The pair first met in 1997 when Deng labored at Murdoch’s Star TV station in Hong Kong, they usually had two kids collectively, 21-year-old Grace and 19-year-old Chloe, earlier than divorcing in 2014. And most just lately, the billionaire married supermodel Jerry Corridor in 2016 shortly earlier than his eighty fifth birthday. Final summer season, they introduced that they had been going their separate methods.

The New York Put up had no additional remark.

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